And this could happen during the final and most important stage of the presidential campaign, when less than a week is left before the elections. Until recently, opinion polls have shown Obama and Romney sharing almost equal chances to win.
The storm will save Obama’s election campaign. Sounds cynical, doesn’t it? Being cynical, however, is part of any presidential campaign in the US All behavior standards are forgotten once such a great prize awaits the participants at the end. Sandy is a good example. Actually, it was not a hurricane when it reached the US but a tropical storm, meteorologists confirmed. Obviously, it was not the strongest hurricane in a decade. Prominent Russian political analyst Gleb Kuznetsov believes that the Obama team has been overdramatizing the situation. “Obama bothered in advance to turn this hurricane into a catastrophe. Referring to Sandy the Obama administration used such terms as ‘unprecedented’ and ‘horrible’ as if trying to get people prepared for a possible outcome. Sandy could not have brought Obama any good, only harm. And this is what he focused on beforehand, trying to prevent harmful consequences.”
The superstorm offered Obama a chance to use his administration`s potential to its full and prove himself to be an effective president and rescuer without facing the risk of being accused of politicking. The Obama team seems to have learned a good lesson from the 2005 Katrina hurricane. The then US leader George W. Bush was blamed for his slow handling of the situation which resulted in his approval ratings going down sharply.
Pavel Tarusin, analyst for the Moscow State Lomonosov University: “Voters have already compared Sandy to Katrina. In 2005 the rescue operation was really too late as Mr. Bush and GovernorofLouisiana debated for 5-6 days on whether to allocate federal money on the rescue operation or not. In terms of this, Mr. Obama finds himself in a better position now: we must admit that he has been quite active in handling the situation.”
Barack Obama cancelled all the remaining campaign appearances and is busy monitoring the rescue operation in the north-east of the country. His schedule for Wednesday, October 31, features a visit to the worst affected New Jersey areas. Republican candidate Mitt Romney is touring Florida on Wednesday, a state which was not affected by Sandy. Can there be a better contrast between the two candidates: one monitoring the rescue campaign and the other continuing campaign while the U.S. East Coast is in trouble?
Barack Obama has declared the states of New Jersey and New York the worst affected by the storm. It was ordered to allocate some federal money to help people in these areas to cope with the aftermath of the storm. Even Republican New JerseyGov. Chris Christie admitted that Obama’s actions were ‘outstanding’. This certainly placed Mitt Romney in the background of the current political scene in the US.
Hurricane Sandy, which hit the US eastern coast and Canada, is losing force, but the death toll keeps growing. According to the latest reports, the hurricane has claimed some 50 lives. Over 8 million are suffering electricity outages.
The raging elements claimed more than 60 human lives in the Caribbean countries before making landfall over the US eastern coast and Canada on Monday night.
The overall damage cost is preliminarily estimated at 20 billion dollars, but Japanese economists feel the cost may well rise to 100 billion dollars and gravely affect US economic growth.
The US National Hurricane Centre believes that Sandy has become the biggest-scale tropical cyclone in the North-East Atlantic since tropical cyclones began to be recorded in 1851.
Amid enormous efforts to get back to normal life, New York City authorities are taking measures against a crime wave that could spill over the city.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has promised “a very heavy police presence” in the blackout city areas.
According to reports from the crippled city, police vans and patrol cars with their roof lights on can be seen in the streets.
Though there has been little sign of a crime wave so far, police made multiple arrests in the city on Monday and Tuesday, officials said.
Charges included burglary, criminal mischief and trespassing.
New York has begun beefing up police patrols in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s landfall, which triggered a rise of crime and violence in the city, media report.
Some hundred police troops have been deployed to Coney Island to protect the looted stores and banks, while residents of several blocks in Chelsea, Manhattan, hired private security forces.
New Yorkers fear the storm could lead to a spike in crime and sweeping outages, the media report says.
Russian air-carriers Aeroflot and Transaero have cancelled their flights from Moscow to New York due this Wednesday, over hurricane Sandy. The US Delta Airlines has taken similar steps. The situation is extremely involved at JFK Airport in New York.
One runway is non-operational, since its navigation systems have drowned in floods.
Most of New York's alternate airports have been closed.
Sandy made landfall over the US eastern coast on Monday, killing more than 50 Americans to date. Some 8 million people are suffering from power outages.
The damage cost is estimated at 20 billion dollars.
The hurricane earlier hit some Caribbean countries, so the overall death toll makes up some 120.
The cyclone is currently moving towards Canada.
Life in New York is getting back on track after hurricane Sandy hit the US eastern coast on Monday night. The after-effects of the hurricane are unprecedented, the authorities say.
Water in the worst-hit lower Manhattan has receded, so the staff of housing and municipal services has got down to eliminating the consequences of the storm.
Groceries, cafes and restaurants have reopened in downtown New York, with the owners jacking prices up for top-selling goods.
According to the latest reports, some 50 people have died as a result of the hurricane.
The damage cost may reach 20 billion dollars, according to preliminary estimates.
Officials say the death toll from Superstorm Sandy has reached 50.
More than 8 million are waiting for the power to return. There are widespread outages in lower Manhattan.
Utility officials say it could be days before power is restored and the subway system is running again.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said there was "no timeline" for when the subway would restart, but he hoped buses could begin running again on Wednesday.
All New York's major airports have been closed as their runways are flooded, but John F Kennedy airport and Newark in New Jersey are due to reopen at 11:00 GMT on Wednesday, with a reduced service.
It is likely to be two or three days before power is restored to most of the city, Bloomberg said.
The storm-caused deaths have been reported in Connecticut, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. A Toronto resident, a woman, has also fallen victim to the hurricane.
The United Nations Headquarters in New York remains paralyzed for the third day, as does the city itself after being hit by hurricane Sandy last Tuesday night. According to the UN press service.
On October 31st all of the meetings of the UN were canceled and the UN’s website is also down.
According to the authorities hurricane "Sandy" killed at least 16 people in New York and over 600,000 households have been left without power.
The restoration of power and transport may take several days.
U.S. President Barack Obama has pledged to do everything possible to quickly deal with the effects of hurricane "Sandy."
He stated that the difficulties were felt by the entire country and said that assistance would be provided free of red tape and bureaucracy.
Obama also called on US citizens to be generous and start donating to the victims of the hurricane through the American Red Cross.
The US President noted the courage of rescuers and authorities in New York, the city that suffered the most severe consequences of the storm.
On Wednesday U.S. President Barack Obama canceled all campaign events due to Hurricane "Sandy" making landfall on the East Coast.
The Democratic candidate was to hold a meeting with voters in Ohio, but decided to stay in Washington to coordinate the actions of the government forces in the aftermath of the disaster.
Obama said his priority now is the early transfer of resources to local authorities.
Meanwhile, rival Mitt Romney, said that his campaign will resume on Wednesday in Florida.
According to his press office the Republican is in Ohio, where he opened an endowment fund to victims of the hurricane.
Earlier, Romney said that he considers it necessary to cut funding for the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Hurricane Sandy has killed more than 30 people in seven northeast U.S. states, the Fox News television reports. New York City was the worst hit with at least ten people reported dead, according to New York Mayor Michel Bloomberg.
The total storm-related death toll in the state of New York is 17. Three people were killed in Pennsylvania and three in New Jersey.
One of the reactors at the Salem 1 nuclear power plant in New Jersey was shut down because of the storm after four of its six coolant pumps stopped working.
Earlier, Sandy claimed more than 60 lives in the Caribbean.
At least 10 people were killed when superstorm Sandy hit New York, city mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday.
"Tragically we expect that number to go up," Bloomberg warned at a press conference. Authorities had previously said there was one fatality from the storm which hit Monday night.
More than 8.1 million homes and businesses were left without electric power across the eastern United States Tuesday with superstorm Sandy still moving across the region, the US government said.
The most extensive outages were reported in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania where millions were plunged in darkness by the storm, the US Department of Energy said.